BCB lauded at sixth annual awards
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - The Berbice Cricket Board on Saturday held their sixth annual awards and presentation ceremony at the New Amsterdam Town Hall, Berbice.
The impressive ceremony was again boycotted by members of the Albion Cricket Club. The well-organised event, nonetheless showed a reflection of Berbice’s cricket on and off the field.
Saturday’s ceremony saw West Indies left arm spinner Veersammy Permaul and West Indies Women’s all-rounder Shemaine Campbell copping the male and female cricketers-of-the-year awards respectively.
Over 30 awards were presented to outstanding cricketers, administrators and donors who performed exceptionally during the past year.
The feature address was delivered by Permanent Secretary within the Office of the President Omar Sheriff, who stood in for President Donald Ramotar. Sheriff in his speech apologised for the absence of the president who had other arrangements. He stated that he felt honoured and privileged to be part of the auspicious occasion.
The permanent secretary congratulated the BCB for the excellent work it has been doing over the years. He stated that the BCB is an example of what organisations should be like and how they should conduct their affairs. He urged other organisations to take a page out of the BCB’s book.
“In time of deep crises within our local cricket arena, a crisis that deeply impacts the management of local cricket and the organisation of competitions and so on, the BCB had successful run off their domestic competitions and they have avoided therefore their players becoming rusty, sometimes we lose sight of this, but the players are very important and the BCB had stood above this and make sure they observe that the players are important and they kept them active,” Sheriff said.
The PS continued, “None of these achievements, however, are as conspicuous of the fact over the past few year’s no less than four cricketers from Berbice – Devendra Bishoo,
Veersammy Permaul, Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin, played the game at the highest level; this is an outstanding achievement for Berbice and Guyana and one that is accredited to the sterling work of the BCB and the cooperation with the players in the Berbice area, these achievements are no doubt attributable to the dynamic team of executives at the BCB and also the strength of domestic clubs in the county of Berbice; it is important for both the club and BCB begin to synergise their relative strength to obtain the improvement of cricket in Berbice”.
Sheriff, thanked the members of the BCB for their sterling contribution to cricket in Berbice and for the personal sacrifices that have been made. He applauded the awardees for a job well done and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Region Six Chairman David Armogan in his remarks also congratulated the BCB for the sterling work it is doing. He, like other speakers, reiterated that the BCB is an example of what organisations should be like and how they should conduct their affairs.
He stated that cricket is more than just a game for people in Berbice, Guyana and the Caribbean. “It is part of our culture, our pride, our tradition our history and our future,” he stated, adding that because our cricketers over the years have put us on the map where politics and other endeavours have failed, cricket has succeeded.
The regional chairman stated that the game of cricket has not only helped to unify our population and bring us together, but it is also something that engages every aspect of our society whenever we have a function.
“Any social activity that brings people together, cricket always seems to be a subject of discussion and sometimes as much it brings people together, cricket by virtue of the very nature of the game causes animosity and sometimes fistic fury and legal battles we have seen quite recently in the courts of Guyana.”
He called on the administrators of the game to get their act together so the game can return to the way it was in the late 1950s and 60s when Basil Butcher, Rohan Kanhai, Joe Solomon and Ivan Madray, among other great cricketers, emerged from Berbice.
The regional chairman said that at the regional level the administration is very serious about the game and has pledged full and wholehearted support to the BCB.
He stated that the administration will continue to assist in the enhancement and maintenance of not only cricket, but sports facilities and also provide new ones. He gave a special pledge to assist with the maintenance of 12 more grounds within the region for 2013. The regional chairman also mentioned that floodlights at the Albion Community Centre will be in place by June.
Armogan urged the BCB to continue their good work and not get complacent or carried away. He stated that he is confident that the BCB will continue to administer the game in the best interest of all and help it to return to the glory days of the past.
Presidential adviser and NCN Berbice executive Fizul Jafferally congratulated the BCB for the manner in which it manages the affairs of cricket in Berbice.
He noted that as a result of the way Berbice cricket is managed, the board is in a position to produce more cricketers at the highest level. Jafferally noted too that the time has come for the voice of the BCB to be heard at the level of the selection panel, where more Berbicians can be selected at the national level.
Meanwhile, President of the BCB, Keith Foster in his brief remarks said despite the lack of financial assistance from the Guyana Cricket Board for the past three years, the BCB has strived beyond its standard.
He praised his executive and urged them to continue the good work to achieve the goals set out by the BCB. Foster also congratulated all the awardees and implored that the sky should be the limit.
Hilbert Foster, Chairman of the Special Events Committee, reviewed the BCB’s activities for 2012 and expressed disappointment that the Albion Cricket Club was not present.
Also giving remarks during the ceremony were former West Indies batsman Basil Butcher, Region Five Chairman Bindrabhan Bisnauth and President of the East Coast Cricket Board Bissoondyal Singh, who all congratulated the BCB for its good work.
While Permaul and Campbell received the Berbice Male and Female Cricketer of the Year awards, Imran Moakan copped the Umpire of the Year Award, Julian Moore copped the Inter-Zone Coach of the Year Award, Michael Hyales-Franco Coach of the Year Award and Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club won the Club of the Year Award.
Fudadin and Permaul were honoured for making their Test debut last year. Shimron Hetmyer and Romario De Jonge-Shepherd were recognised as the Most Improved Players for the year.
Sewnarine Chattergoon, Tremayne Smartt and Kevon Jawahir received the Most Disciplined Player award at the senior, female and junior levels respectively.Awards were also given to Joshua Harricharran (Under-15 Cricketer of the Year), Shimron Hetmyer (Under-17 Cricketer of the Year), Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai (Under-19 Cricketer of the Year), Kevon Jawahir (Berbice Under-21 Cricketer of the Year), Jaipaul Heeralall (Berbice Intermediate Player of the Year), Heeralall Bridgelall (Berbice Second Division Player of the Year), Steffon Adams (West Berbice Cricketer of the Year), Quincy De Veldt (New Amsterdam/Canje Cricketer of the Year), Mahendra Baldoe (Lower Corentyne Cricketer of the Year), Toolaram Persaud (Upper Corentyne Cricketer of the Year).
Hilbert Foster was also presented with special gifts for his contribution to Berbice cricket.